RIP 2021

I hope this New Year’s Eve finds you well. 2021 was a hell of a ride. Ups, downs, in-betweens, all-arounds. Whew.

Anyway, I did a few things this year.

  • Old Fort Sessions: My wife and I got a cabin on Black Mountain in the Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina. I set up a few mics and we recorded five new songs. The songs were mixed and mastered by Travis Geiman at Bigfoot Studios in Waterville, OH. You can stream Old Fort Sessions at all the usual places. You can buy the EP from my Bandcamp for $5.99. Here’s a link for all the streaming services spots.
  • BIRTH OF A MONSTER: My novel BIRTH OF A MONSTER was published by Grindhouse Press. It’s a book about America’s worship of violence, especially violence against women. It’s a beast of a bookin fact, it’s Grindhouse Press’s longest title. Pick up a copy here. Signed copies available here. Big thanks to C.V. Hunt & Andersen Prunty for all their hard work on this project.
  • Writing the Rapids Podcast Interview: Here’s a half-hour conversation I had with Joe Bielecki on his podcast Writing the Rapids. We talked about my new novel BIRTH OF A MONSTER, American violence, religious fanaticism, extreme horror, and some other things. Subscribe to the podcast and listen to Joe talk with all sorts of amazing, creative people. Listen here.
  • MISDEEDS: My crime fiction collection MISDEEDS was published by Shotgun Honey Books this year. It contains the previously-unpublished novella, Dellie’s Ditch, as well as five short stories: The Goddamn Amazon HereThe FixerTrail Magic (Good Intentions)Buffalo Nickel Hat, and the Pushcart Nominated More Rust than Nickel. While these five short stories have appeared in print, in one form or another, this is the first time they’ve been included in a single collection. Dellie’s Ditch unleashes a vagabond Rasputin with ill intentions onto a quiet neighborhood in south Toledo, where he quickly begins inflicting his sinister control of the suburban children.The Goddamn Amazon Here lets the horror slip into the ordinary. The Fixer is the guy you don’t want to meet, the guy who collects debts and fixes problems. Chances are you’re not going to like the way he fixes things. More Rust than Nickel is a bleak look at the pale, seedy underbelly of America. Set in his hometown of Detroit, Cable is a man in limbo, no longer able to fully exist in the past but not willing to adapt to the present. Something’s gotta give and somebody’s gotta pay for Cable’s hard-luck life. Trail Magic (Good Intentions) is an epistolary from a monster that preyed upon hikers and wilderness lovers on the Appalachian Trail. A casino in Toledo, Ohio is the stage for an armed robbery that doesn’t go quite as expected in Buffalo Nickel Hat. Big thanks to the editors of the journals/magazines/sites where several of these short stories first appeared. The Goddamn Amazon was originally published by Literary OrphansThe Fixer was originally pub’d in Shotgun HoneyMore Rust than Nickel was originally pub’d by Serving House Journal and was nominated for a Pushcart. Trail Magic (Good Intentions) was originally pub’d by Horror Sleaze Trash. Buffalo Nickel Hat was originally pub’d in Heater.

Happy New Year!

-A.S. Coomer

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A.S. Coomer

Writer. Reader. Musician. Friend to cats. Collector of tattoos.

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